Coupe de France – US Boulogne v US Sarre-Union

Both these teams have been in the cup for a fair few rounds already. Boulogne started in round five, seeing off a couple of district teams 4-1 and 5-1 before another 4-1 to beat Calais (CFA) in round 7. They then pulled off a minor giantkilling in round 8 by knocking out Le Havre 2-0 away, with goals from Julien-Antoine Begue and Anthony Soubervie. They sit fourth in National having gone into the winter break…

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Coupe de France Preview – Red Star FC v Arles-Avignon

There may be a division between these two teams, as Red Star welcome Arles-Avignon to the Stade Bauer, but there isn’t actually much of a gap. Red Star lie third in National on 29 points, just three points off their city rivals Paris FC at the winter break; Arles-Avignon are dead last in Ligue 2 with ten points after 18 games, nine off safety, and already looking doomed. The final games of 2014 summed up…

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Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Well, the football is coming thick and fast now – Ligue 2, the Trophee des Champions, National, Ligue 1, that weirdly-arranged friendly between Napoli and PSG, and now…the cup! The league cup, that is (the Coupe de France is currently in regional preliminary mode before the 3rd round proper in mid-September) and it’s as confusingly organised as ever. As professional status stops part of the way down the third tier, the first round is often made…

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Bureaucracy Round-Up – Winners and Luzenac

Following a summer that much of French football spent busy with tribunal hearings rather than transfer dealings, three lengthy administrative sagas look – look – to have been sorted out. We’d say ‘and not a moment too soon’ but things actually kicked off last week, causing something of a headache for Steve Wyss trying to get Ligue 2 previews together while not sure a) how many or b) which teams he actually needed to preview… Anyway. 1) L’Affaire Lens…

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Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not one, but two seven-game losing streaks, at the beginning of the season after an opening day win over Toulouse, and at the end, as the…

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Coupe de France: Previews Seiziemes de Finale

Coupe de France: Previews Seiziemes de Finale

Reset your magie de la coupe levels, it’s the round of 32 – while top-billing in the timetable and TV schedules has been given to the two all-Ligue 1 clashes, OM v Nice and PSG v Montpellier, we are assured some minnow-progression with matches between Sete and Jura Sud, and Cannes and Plabennec. Add to that a couple of ‘too close to call’ meetings between teams not too far apart in terms of actual position…

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Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between Rennes – a Ligue 1 patron since 1994 – and Boulogne, now in National four years after their only season in the top flight. If you take a closer look however, there is a little bit more to it: both teams are recovering from a difficult 2012/2013 season, ending in a relegation to National for Boulogne and the worst league standing in 10…

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Preview: Coupe de France 32es de finale

Get set for some Magie de la Coupe as things kick off after the winter break with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray. There are four all-Ligue 1 clashes, some familiar names from previous cupsets, and some minnows looking to overturn the big fish. Below is the full list of fixtures, all times local CET, with French TV coverage noted as appropriate – note that France 3 is playing different matches in different regions…

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